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March 2018 news and reviews

March 31
Panasonic interview: "Our business philosophy is based on 'changing photography'"

At this year's CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, we talked in-depth with Panasonic about the company's new Lumix G9 and GH5S cameras and its increased emphasis on stills capture as well as high-quality 4K video.

March 30
Fotopro Mogo flexible monopod kits are designed for various photography needs

Photo gear company Fotopro has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Mogo, a flexible monopod based on the Fotopro UFO. Mogo features flexible legs that can be wrapped around a rail or post or used on uneven surfaces.

Pond5 and DJI to offer licensable collection of aerial footage

A new partnership between DJI and stock footage library Pond5 might make it easier for aerial photographers with Part 107 certification to connect with potential customers – and vice versa.

Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated

We're continuing to shoot with and test the Lumix GX9, Panasonic's latest rangefinder style Micro Four Thirds camera. Priced at $1000 with kit lens, the GX9 offers a 20MP sensor, 5-axis stabilization and promises a 90% reduction in shutter shock.

March 29
DJI launches Zenmuse XT2 4K visual and thermal camera for enterprise drones

The Zenmuse XT2 features a 12MP 4K visual camera with a 1/1.7" CMOS sensor, and two different thermal resolutions: 336 x 256 and 640 x 512. It also sports 9mm, 13mm, 19mm, and 25mm lenses, and an IP44 rating for flights in fog, rain, snow, and smoke.

The NiSi Prosories P1 Kit lets you attach square filters to your smartphone

Square lens filters for your smartphone are now a reality. Say hello to the NiSi Prosories P1 Kit: a smartphone filter kit that includes a phone clip, medium graduated neutral density filter, polarizer, pouch, and holder.

Google created this rotating 16-GoPro arc to capture light field data for VR

Google has built a fascinating rotating light field VR camera rig using 16 GoPros mounted in an arc. The rig is meant to give viewers "a more realistic sense of presence” within a VR world.

Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor

Canon's 120MXS APS-H CMOS sensor can capture 120MP at 9.4fps. To get an idea of just how much resolution that is, Canon created this demo video, that pits the 120MXS footage against regular 1080p HD from a Canon 1D Mark IV.

Camera lost at sea two years ago found and returned to owner

The camera—safely preserved inside a waterproof case—washed up on a beach in Taiwan so covered in barnacles that it was barely recognizable. And yet, the students who found it were able to locate the owner by sharing images from and of the camera on social media.

Moment launches anamorphic lens and other gear for smartphone filmmakers

Smartphone accessory maker Moment has launched a new product line targeted specifically at mobile filmmakers. The lineup includes an anamorphic lens, a gimbal counterweight, and a smartphone filter mount.

GoPro unveils entry-level GoPro HERO action cam that costs just $199

The GoPro HERO is a pared down version of the HERO6 that boasts a solid feature set at an entry-level price. For just $200, users get a HERO action cam that shoots 1440/60p video and 10MP stills, can use GoPro's Quik Stories feature, and more.

CP+ Olympus interview: "It’s time to enhance the imaging business"

At last month's CP+ show in Yokohama, we met up with Shigemi Sugimoto, head of Olympus's imaging business unit. He explained where he sees the most opportunity for Olympus, and how his company will continue to differentiate itself from the competition.

March 28
Red gives deep-space sensor dual ISO and puts it on general release

A sensor designed to be used in space has gone on general release from cinema camera manufacturer Red. The Gemini 5K S35 was originally created especially to work in very low light conditions, but has been adapted to offer dual native ISO settings so it can also shoot in normal conditions.

Apple's 2018 iPad 9.7" is the first entry-level model with Pencil support

The new iPad is the first non-Pro model to support Apple Pencil, the maker's own stylus. Despite its low price, the 9.7" iPad features a Retina display, A10 Fusion chip and support for augmented reality experiences.

Canon announces C700 FF cinema camera: now with full frame

Canon has announced the EOS C700 FF, an updated version of the company's C700 cinema camera that includes a full frame sensor in place of a Super 35 sensor. This allows the camera to use Canon's entire line of EF-mount lenses at their standard focal lengths.

Canon EOS M50 sample gallery

Having debuted just about a month ago, the Canon EOS M50 has made its way into our office where we put it straight to work. Take a look at some of our first sample images.

March 27
Lytro is officially shutting down

It's official. Light field company Lytro has announced that it is shutting down just one week after TechCrunch reported that Google was planning to buy the company for $40M. But it seems Google is more interested in the company's employees than its light field technology...

Monolight Shootout: Profoto B1X vs Godox AD600 Pro vs Broncolor Siros 800 L

The Godox AD600 Pro, Broncolor Siros 800 L, and Profoto B1X are all battery powered monolights that offer studio power in a portable package. In this video, photographer Robert Hall breaks down all of their pros and cons, and explains why you might choose one strobe over the others.

Huawei P20 Pro triple-camera receives DxOMark score of 109, smashing the competition

It looks like the Huawei P20 Pro is the smartphone to beat, smashing its nearest rival—the Samsung Galaxy S9—by a full 10 points to score a whopping 109 on DxOMark's mobile tests.

Huawei unveils the P20 Pro with triple camera and large 1/1.7-inch image sensor

Huawei's P20 Pro boasts an impressive triple camera system that features a larger-than-average 1/1.7-inch image sensor in the main module. It looks like we may have a new "best smartphone for photography" on our hands.

Dubblefilm launches two new pre-exposed 35mm effects films

Named Bubblegum and Monsoon, the latest in a line of Dubble pre-colored emulsions work at opposite ends of the spectrum—with Bubblegum injecting lots of orange warmth, and Monsoon creating a cool cyan/blue effect.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S comes with 12MP dual-cam, OIS and 2x optical zoom

The exterior of the new Mi MIX 2S hasn't changed much compared to its predecessor, but the camera system has received an important overhaul.

Tamron interview: "Our strength is high quality lenses in a compact size"

This year at CP+ we sat down with senior executives from Tamron. Our conversation covered various topics, including the move to new native mirrorless designs and the decline in DSLR lens sales.

March 26
Vivo V9 smartphone packs a 24MP front-facing camera and AI selfie software

The new Vivo V9 smartphone is all about taking the best possible selfies... so much so the camera maker slapped a 24MP front-facing camera on the thing. That's 3MP more than the combined resolution of both rear-facing cameras.

Lensrentals: Cheap Veydra Mini Prime lenses are 'optically excellent'

In Lensrentals testing, the Veydra Mini Primes wipe the test bench floor with the equivalent Zeiss CP.2 lenses, which cost more than three times as much. In Roger Cicala's words: they kick some serious resolution butt.

Leaked: GoPro to reveal entry-level 'HERO' action cam this week, will cost $200

It seems GoPro is planning to release an entry-level "HERO" action cam later this week. The camera looks just like the Hero5 Black and Hero6, will shoot up to 1440p at 60fps, but is rumored to cost less than $200.

This NVIDIA algorithm copies the artistic style of one photo onto another

A group of scientists at Cornell University have created an algorithm that lifts the stylistic characteristics of one picture, and drops them onto a completely different image with startling precision.

Fujifilm interview: "We will work hard to keep our uniqueness"

We spent some time at CP+ talking with senior executives from Fujifilm about the runaway success of the GFX system, how the company is moving into video and, of course, Instax.

March 25
Frozen Warriors: Capturing the mighty musk ox in its natural habitat

Photographer Chris Schmid recently embarked on an ambitious project to document one of the most resilient animals on Earth: the musk ox. He hopes his film and photos will highlight this arctic animal's plight, and raise awareness around the effects of climate change.

March 24
Shooting the Sony a7 III around the Pacific Northwest: Sample gallery updated

We've already posted lots of images from the Sony a7 III launch event, but now we've had plenty of time with the camera around our home base in Seattle. Check out our updated gallery to see the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington, historic coastal lighthouses and more.

March 23
GoPro licensing deal will let third parties use the company's camera tech

GoPro has inked a multi-year licensing deal with manufacturing services company Jabil that will allow Jabil to incorporate GoPro sensor modules and camera lenses into third-party products.

Some Instagram accounts are asking photographers to 'pay to be featured'

It's not just fashion magazines. It seems some major Instagram accounts with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers are pitching photographers, offering to feature their work... for a fee.

Rumor: Canon full-frame mirrorless already 'being used by select pro photographers'

Canon Rumors has reportedly "confirmed from a couple of good sources" that Canon's full-frame mirrorless camera is currently being tested in the field by select Canon pro photographers.

Fashion magazine expects photographers to PAY to be on the cover

In a ‘the world’s gone crazy’ role-reversal Sheeba magazine's submission guidelines specifyl that photographers lucky enough to have an image selected for the cover will have to pay $860 for the privilege of having it used.

Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft

A Russian drone pilot took his little camera drone to an altitude of 10 kilometers (~33,000 feet), and while the flight didn't break any local regulations and was done in a remote region, it's still an incredibly reckless and stupid thing to try.

Five lighting diagrams to get you started with on-location lighting

Zach Sutton over at Lensrentals has put together this very useful on-location lighting tutorial for beginners, complete with five sample lighting setups to experiment with as you get more comfortable using artificial light.

Instagram updates news feed, makes it a bit more chronological

Instagram has revealed some interesting updates this week, including a return to a slightly more chronological newsfeed where "newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed."

March 22
Sony World Photography Awards reveals 2018 Open category and National Awards winners

The 10 Open category winners revealed this week will duke it out for $5,000 in prize money and the title of Open Photographer of the Year. The winner will be revealed on April 19th, alongside the Professional category winners.

Venus Optics unveils Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras

The new Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is "the world’s widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras." It boasts a 113° angle of view, fast F2.8 aperture, and a Zero-D design that promises "close to zero" distortion.

Watch: Unboxing $221,000 worth of Leica Summilux-C cinema lenses

YouTuber Devin Graham recently got to do something very few of us will ever get to: he purchased and unboxed nearly a quarter million dollars worth of cinema lenses.

We're hiring! DPReview seeks Software Development Engineer

We're looking for a Software Development Engineer to join our Seattle-based team. Bring your creativity, passion and talent to help us build the next generation of our web and mobile experiences.

Fujifilm X-A5 sample gallery

If you're on a budget and looking to get into Fujifilm's X-system, the X-A5 is likely on your radar. We've been out shooting with this updated entry-level camera.

March 21
NEA report reveals photography industry's contribution to US economy

A report from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that photography and photo-finishing services contributed $10.2 billion to the US economy in 2015.

Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million

According to unnamed sources, Google will acquire Lytro's technology and patents, with Lytro employees already having left the company.

March 20
Nimbus Data ExaDrive pushes SSD capacity record to 100TB

The new ExaDrive offers a three times higher capacity than the previous largest SSD, a 30TB model by Samsung.

DJI Phantom 5 leak hints at interchangeable lens camera system

A pair of images show what may be the upcoming DJI Phantom 5 drone featuring an interchangeable lens camera. Update: Comparing this image to the size of previous DJI lens mounts, and noting the 3:2 aspect ratio of the sensor, we're confident the leaked image shows a 1"-type sensor

RIP Canon's Chuck Westfall, 1952-2018

We were saddened to hear of the death last week of Chuck Westfall, a 35-year veteran of Canon USA, and a legend in the photography industry.

Nikon D850 Filmmaker's Kit includes Atomos Ninja Flame, three lenses and two microphones

Nikon looks to be positioning its D850 as a serious video rig with today's announcement of its D850 Filmmaker's Kit. The kit includes the body, 20/35/85mm F1.8G lenses, an Atomos Ninja Flame external recorder, two microphones and an extra battery.

Alien Skin Exposure X3 review

Photographers shopping around for Lightroom alternatives have likely encountered Alien Skin's Exposure X3. Here's an overview of its organization and editing controls, and how they differ from the competition.

Alien Skin offers Exposure X3 update

Alien Skin has released a significant update for its Exposure X3 image editor, adding greater precision to adjustment tools and more printing capabilities, among other improvements.

March 19
East River helicopter tragedy prompts FAA to halt some doors-off flights

The FAA has ordered helicopter pilots and operators to halt certain doors-off flights in the wake of a tragedy that killed five passengers.

The Galaxy S9 Plus' camera is its third most expensive component

Analysts TechInsights have torn down a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus to have a closer look at the device's internal components and their cost.

New Oppo flagship R15 comes with iPhone X-style design and portrait lighting

Oppo's new high-end phones bear an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone X, with features like face unlock to a portrait lighting mode.

Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning'

Recently we visited the 2018 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan and as usual, we booked interviews with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Sigma.

March 18
Canon interview: 'increased competition allows us to level-up'

At this year's CP+ show in Yokohama, we sat down with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Canon. Topics of conversation included Canon's ambitions for high-end mirrorless cameras, and the importance of responding to the demands of the smartphone generation.

March 17
Sony a7 III dynamic range and high ISO improve over its predecessor

On paper, the Sony a7 III is a tempting option for photographers who've been considering a switch to full-frame mirrorless. But how does its image quality stack up? We compare it to the Mark II and a few of its other peers.

Photo story of the week: Flowing under a solar storm

Erez Marom shares the details behind this beautiful aurora photograph, captured on Haukland Beach in the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway, on a moonless evening.

March 16
AI-powered Google Lens visual search tool is now available on iOS devices

Google Lens uses artificial intelligence and 'computer vision' to identify and provide information about businesses, landmarks and other objects using your phone's camera. And now it's available for iPhone users, too.

Adobe posts record revenue yet again, earning $2.08 billion in Q1 of 2018

The company posted a record quarterly revenue of $2.08 billion for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. That represents incredibly healthy year-over-year growth of 24 percent.

The New York Times is looking to hire a Photo Director

In the job posting, the Times' describes this role as "one of the most important and high-profile jobs in visual journalism." If you're looking for a high profile job in photojournalism, you could do a lot worse than being Photo Director at The Gray Lady.

Samsung wants to dethrone Sony, reach #1 in the global image sensor market

According to a recent report out of South Korea, Samsung is increasing production of its ISOCELL image sensors in a bid towards market leadership for image sensors. To reach this goal, Samsung will have to dethrone current market leader Sony... no small task.

Moar Megapixels! Pixel peeping a 709MP drum scan of 8x10 slide film

In this video, large format photographer Ben Horne shows off the incredible resolving power of 8x10 slide film by pixel peeping a massive 709.6-megapixel drum scan of one of his landscape shots. And you thought 100MP medium format was big...

Shooting a very special wedding on 24 hours notice

Photographer Wendy Teal tells the heart-breaking story of a wedding she shot at a hospital on just 24-hours notice. The mother of the bride had been given one week to live, and Wendy responded to the couple's desperate social media plea for someone to capture their special day.

The Android-only LyfieEye200 is 'the world's smallest VR/AR camera'

This tiny little plug-and-play VR/AR camera for Android phones uses a pair of greater-than-180° FOV fisheye lenses to offer both 360° video/photo capture and 360° livestreaming at 1440p resolution.

Syrp launches Magic Carpet Pro slider with 'infinitely extendable' track

Syrp has announced the Magic Carpet Pro: a slider that offers filmmakers an 'infinitely extendable' range thanks to built-in track levers that let you connect lengths of track without the use of tools.

Sony interview: 'If cameras are going to develop, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies'

At CP+ we sat down with executives from several major manufacturers. Among them was Kenji Tanaka, of Sony, who talked to us about the a7 III as well as its plans to attract more pro shooters – without ignoring APS-C and entry-level customers.

March 15
Large format macro: a crazy wet plate photography experiment

How do you shoot macro photography on an 18x24cm large format wet plate camera? You 'connect' two large format cameras together! That's how wet plate photographer Markus Hofstaetter did it, and you can read about the whole process in this article.

Fujifilm X-H1 Review
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The Fujifilm X-H1 is a top-of-the-range 24MP mirrorless camera with in-body stabilization and the company's most advanced array of video capabilities. We've tested the X-T2's big brother extensively to see how it performs.

Behind the scenes: Shooting Lamborghinis in the snow

Motorsports photojournalist Jamey Price recently flew to Canada with Lamborghini for the car company's Winter Accademia 2018, where clients get to drive the latest Lamborghini supercars on snow and ice. Yes... it is exactly as awesome as it sounds.

March 14
Google explains the tech behind the Pixel 2's Motion Photos feature

For the Pixel 2 smartphone's Motion Photos feature, Google built on its existing Motion Stills technology by adding advanced stabilization that combines software and hardware capabilities to optimize trimming and stabilization.

Novoflex's new TrioPod PRO75 modular tripod can handle 'immense load'

This "high-capacity advanced spider tripod" system can handle a maximum load of 65kg / 143lbs thanks to its reinforced design and 8-layered carbon fiber legs.

Video: 360° 8K timelapse of the aurora borealis during a lunar eclipse

Photographer William Briscoe captured the beautiful two-for-one timelapse just outside Fairbanks, Alaska on January 31st, braving -31°F (-35°C) temperatures to get the shot.

Documenting life on the margins of Russian society with an iPhone

"After his camera was stolen from his room in the orphanage, he switched to an iPhone for his photography, reasoning that the image quality of a big, heavy camera was less important than the freedom of a cell phone. 'Quality? Screw it, I’d sketch things with a pencil if I could draw,' he wrote in a blog post."

Vivo's AI-powered 'Super-HDR' tech takes on Google's HDR+

Chinese manufacturer Vivo has announced some AI-powered Super HDR tech to compete with Google's HDR+ system. Both systems combine multiple images to create a final shot with more dynamic range and less noise, but Super HDR claims to do so more intelligently.

Teardown video shows how the Galaxy S9 variable aperture works

The YouTube channel JerryRigEverything recently tore down (or rather, tore apart...) the new Samsung Galaxy S9, giving us the closest look at yet at the new smartphone's camera hardware.

This may be Amelia Earhart’s Leica, and you can buy it for $69,000 on eBay

The Leica l Model A, dating from between 1926 and 1927, comes with a card signed by Earhart herself. Unfortunately, this is the only 'proof' that the camera really did belong to her.

Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE sample gallery and impressions

The Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE is a budget-friendly option for users of Sony's a7-series that are looking to get into the 35mm focal length.

March 13
Google just made the tech behind its 'portrait mode' open source

The 'semantic image segmentation model' categorizes every pixel in an image and assigns it a label, such as “road”, “sky”, “person” or “dog.” And now, Google has released its latest version as open source, making it available to any developers whose apps could benefit from the tech.

Huawei shares P20 triple-cam teaser videos

Huawai is teasing the upcoming P20 smartphone's low-light and zoom capabilities in a couple of tongue-in-cheek teaser videos on YouTube.

Fujifilm GFX 50S firmware update adds Focus Bracketing and 35mm Format Mode

Fuji's latest firmware update for the GFX 50S adds two new features: a focus stacking mode, and a 35mm format mode that takes 30.5MP photos using the center portion of the camera's medium format sensor.

NYC photo tour helicopter crashes in the East River, claiming five lives

The crash has raised serious questions about 'startling safety gaps' in the doors-off photo tour industry. After a brief safety video, passengers are strapped in with heavy-duty harnesses and given only a knife to cut themselves loose in case of emergency.

Adobe Creative Cloud prices will increase April 16th, Photography Plan will stay the same

For the first time in five years, Adobe is raising the price of some Creative Cloud subscription packages. The good news for photographers: The $10/month CC Photography plan that includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Classic CC will stay the same.

Canon CEO: 'we will go on the offensive... in the mirrorless camera market'

In a statement, Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai said the company will "go on the offensive" in mirrorless cameras, aiming to clinch 50% of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market.

National Geographic: For decades, our coverage was racist

In this month's 'Race Issue,' National Geographic asked historian John Edwin Mason—who specializes in the history of photography and the history of Africa—to investigate the iconic magazine's coverage of people of color around the world.

Sony executive predicts Nikon and Canon will go full-frame mirrorless within a year

We spoke with Sony's Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group, Kenji Tanaka, at CP+, and he told us that in his opinion, Canon and Nikon will join Sony in the full-frame mirrorless market by next year's CP+ show.

March 12
The Broccoli Tree and the dangers of sharing photos of the places you love online

As photographers, we often share photos of our favorite locations, landscapes, and landmarks online. But what if your photos ultimately led to the destruction of those locations, landscapes, and landmarks? For one photographer in Sweden, that's exactly what happened.

Shiftcam 2.0 iPhone add-on offers 6-in-1 lens-slider and 'Pro' lens options

Shiftcam 2.0 will be available for the latest iPhone models 8, 8 Plus and X, and offers a range of individual "Pro" lenses in addition to a 6-in-1 lens slider.

Report: Agfa Vista film is no more, stock drying up world-wide

According to Japan Camera Hunter, Agfa Vista color negative film is no longer being produced. The site says the information was confirmed by ‘reliable industry sources,’ and that supplies are drying up around the world.

'I'm Back' digital back for analog SLRs successfully returns to Kickstarter

I'm Back, the digital back that promises to transform your old 35mm SLR into a digital camera, has returned from the Kickstarter graveyard... and this time it's blown past its funding goal.

Photographing abandoned USSR space shuttles made me a Russian target

An anonymous urbex photographer tells the tale of how he broke into the bowels of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southwest Kazakhstan to photograph some half-built USSR space shuttles, and why Russian agents have been looking for him ever since.

UPDATED: Instagram is NOT bringing back the chronological feed

A report that Instagram was considering bringing back the chronological feed has been squashed by Instagram itself. Despite years of complaining, it seems IG has no interest in dumping the algorithmic feed.

The most expensive camera in the world: 1923 Leica sells for $2.97M at auction

This Leica 0-series—one of only 25 ever produced, and only three in 'original condition'—beat the previous record set by another Leica 0-series. It is now officially the most expensive camera ever sold at auction.

iFixit teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus difficult to repair, shows dual-blade aperture

iFixit tore down the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, giving it a repairability grade of 4 our of 10, and showing how the main camera lens uses two rotating, ring-like blades for switching between F2.4 and F1.5.

Olympus E-PL9 sample gallery

Olympus' latest update to its light-and-compact Pen series comes in the form of the E-PL9. The camera offers some hardware and design improvements like a more substantial grip and a newer sensor capable of 4K.

March 11
Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you

We've seen a spate of press releases trumpeting market share and ranking position in recent months. But, argues office curmudgeon Richard Butler, you should ignore them since they tell you very little – and less still that's useful.

March 10
Photo story of the week: Locomotion

Photographer Drew Hopper share the story behind this photo, which was captured on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam. For Drew, the best way to capture the bustle of Hoi An's streets was to lean into it, pulling movement into his street photography.

Pro Services: Are they worth it?

Canon, Nikon and now Sony offer programs to support pro photographers. What's the value of joining up? And should you?

March 9
Android P brings HEIF and multi-camera support to Pixel devices

Google has released the first Developer Preview of its upcoming Android P mobile operating system, and it comes with support for the space-saving HEIF image format that is hoping to replace JPEG.

Photojournalist faces death penalty in Egypt for covering anti-government protests

Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a 31-year-old photojournalist also known by the alias Shawkan, is currently facing a death sentence in Cairo. Zeid was arrested while covering anti-government protests for a British photo agency in August 2013.

This Samsung infographic tracks the evolution of the camera phone

The full infographic covers 18 years: starting with the manufacturer's first camera phone, the 0.11MP SCH-V200, and ending with the company's flagship Galaxy S9 smartphones.

SonyPixelShift2DNG combines a7R III Pixel Shift shots into DNG files

One of the limitations of Sony a7R III's Pixel Shift mode is that you have to use Sony's Imaging Edge software to process the resulting 'quartets.' That's where SonyPixelShift2DNG comes in, converting those unwieldy ARW files into DNGs you can edit in your favorite Raw converter.

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 sample gallery

Spending time in Japan for CP+ also means that we've been able to get out and take some photos on the vibrant streets of Yokohama. With a 20MP 1" sensor and 24-360mm equiv. zoom, the Panasonic ZS200 / TZ200 was up to the task.

March 8
Canon got it right on International Women's Day

Forget upside-down logos. The best move a brand can make to recognize women is to amplify their causes.

Joel Meyerowitz on how smartphones killed the 'sexiness' of the street

"Nobody’s looking at each other. Everybody’s glued to their phones. [Street photography] is thriving but not in the way I used to do it. The best street photographers now show humans dwarfed by ad billboards. The street has lost its savour.'"

Leaked images confirm Huawei P20 will have a Leica-branded triple-camera

Leaked product images show the Huawei P20 with three cameras vertically aligned on the device's back plate, confirming a rumor we shared last month that the upcoming Huawei phone will be the first to feature a 'triple-cam.'

New Novoflex adapters let you use full-frame lenses with the Hasselblad X1D

Owners of the medium format Hasselblad X1D can now mount a series of full-frame lenses to their medium format body, in some cases with minimal vignetting, thanks to a new range of adapters launched by Novoflex.

Leica reveals matte black M Monochrom 'Stealth Edition' with glow-in-the-dark markings

For its latest special edition camera, Leica collaborated with the founder and CEO of the fashion brand rag & bone to create a matte black 'Stealth Edition' of the Leica M Monochrom, complete with glow-in-the-dark accents.

This site 'rickrolled' photographers by pirating their own fake tutorial

Fstoppers recently decided to 'rickroll' photographers who would be willing to pirate their latest photography tutorial, by posting a totally fake and ridiculous version on bit torrent sites before the official release. This is what happened.

Sony a7 III sample gallery updated

We've just updated our Sony a7 III sample gallery with a new batch of photos, including downloadable Raw files. There are no new photos of hipsters with beards and banding. We promise.

March 7
Google 'LIFE Tags' uses AI to organize LIFE magazine's 4 million-photo archive

Google's new 'LIFE Tags' project used AI to automatically tag LIFE magazine's 4-million-photo archive by recognizing objects in each photo—a treasure trove of photo history, packed with hidden gems that are now just a keyword search away.

Venus Optics officially launches the Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

The Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro lens offers professional and amateur macro photographers alike a compact, lightweight option that can get you extremely close to your subject.

Halide update adds 'blazing fast portrait mode,' depth maps and more to the iOS app

Halide, the feature-rich third-party camera app for the iPhone, just released version 1.7 which adds Portrait Mode and other depth effects when shooting with a dual-cam iPhone.

Major ON1 Photo RAW update adds tethered shooting, better noise reduction and more

A host of feature upgrades has been made to On1’s Photo Raw software package for the 2018.1 edition, including better auto-alignment for the HDR mode, improved high ISO noise reduction, and more detailed image sharpening.

Cosina announced three new Voigtlander lenses at CP+

Japanese optical manufacturer Cosina has announced three new Voigtlander lenses at the CP+ show in Yokohama. The trio consists of two lenses for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, and a new 50mm F1.2 Nokton lens for Leica M shooters.

How two photographers captured the same millisecond in time

After being accused of stealing one another's photo, Ron Risman and Eric Gendron, both from New England, learned that they had captured the exact same millisecond in time, from the same location, using different cameras, to create virtually identical images.

AI-powered Google Lens feature is now available on all Android devices

The Google Lens visual recognition feature that was first available only on the company's own Pixel devices has now been expanded to all Android phones.

Buying Guides updated: Panasonic GH5S selected as best camera for video

As part of an update to our Buying Guides, we've crowned a new winner in the video category: the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S. Its excellent video quality and extensive range of support features see it take top honors as we add the latest models to our guides.

March 6
Ben Von Wong used two tons of E-waste to create these futuristic portraits

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong recently teamed up with computer manufacturer Dell to try and make recycling "cool." Together, they took about two tons of electronic waste, and used it to build three futuristic scenes that show how e-waste can be used to power the future of tech

Atech unveils Blackjet VX-1C CFast 2.0 media reader

Thanks to its USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection the $100 Blackjet VX-1C is compatible with current Mac and Windows Thunderbolt 3 machines.

Parrot's 'Flight Director' automatically creates highlight videos from drone footage

The Flight Director function automatically edits your drone footage, using algorithms that study the drone's behavior and flight paths and picking the best highlights to edit together.

Bride ordered to pay photographer $89K for posting defamatory statements online

A disgruntled bride is being ordered to pay $89,000 USD in damages after destroying a wedding photographer's business with defamatory comments online.

Wacom reveals new, 'significantly upgraded' Intuos pen tablet

The Wacom Intuos pen tablet for beginners and enthusiasts just got a major upgrade featuring a fresh design, improved accuracy, and 60% improvement in battery life if you get one of the Bluetooth models.

Hands-on with the Sony a7 III

Sony's a7 III mirrorless camera includes many features from its more advanced a9 and a7R III siblings, but at a more aggressive price point. Here's a quick hands-on tour of some of the most notable upgrades and improvements to Sony's 'basic' full frame model.

Irix launches Edge ND32000 15-stop ND filter for ultra-long-exposure photography

The Irix Edge ND32000 offers 15-stops of light reduction, allowing for about five minutes of exposure time at F16 and ISO 100 on a sunny day.

Elinchrom unveils the ELB 500 TTL: The world’s most powerful portable TTL flash system

The ELB 500 TTL is designed "for adventurous portrait photographers shooting both in studio and on location," and offers 500Ws of power from a power pack capable of running up to two heads in an asymmetric arrangement.

March 5
International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017 winners announced

The winner's of this year's International Wedding Photographer of the Year have been announced, with Erika Mann of Two Mann Studios taking home the top prize for her striking portrait of a bride set against a double rainbow.

Confirmed: ProGrade Digital will NOT make XQD cards, is betting on CFexpress instead

In a statement to DPReview, ProGrade Digital CEO Wes Brewer confirmed that the new memory card company will NOT manufacture XQD cards. Instead, ProGrade is investing heavily in CFexpress technology.

Manager says Canon is willing to cannibalize DSLR sales with mirrorless cameras

In a report from last month, the president of Canon Marketing Japan, Masahiro Sakata, confirmed that Canon is willing to cannibalize its DSLR sales to invest in the "growth market" of mirrorless cameras.

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art sample gallery

We've been shooting with Sigma's new 14-24mm F2.8 Art, both close to home and in Yokohama, Japan. Its dust- and splash-proof design, 'Art' series pedigree and attractive $1300 price tag have made it one of the more hotly anticipated lenses debuting this spring.

March 4
CP+ 2018: Hands-on with the Pentax K-1 Mark II and D FA* 50mm F1.4

We stopped by the Ricoh-Pentax booth at this year's CP+ show in Japan and got a chance to handle the new K-1 Mark II as well as a near-final version of the upcoming Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4. We even got a chance to informally test the K-1 II's crazy high ISO and hand-held Pixel Shift feature - click through to read our impressions.

March 3
Behind the scenes: Photographing mountain hares in Scotland

Go behind the scenes with wildlife photographer and Arctic former special forces soldier Morten Hilmer in the Scottish Highlands as he attempts to capture mountain hares in the middle of a blizzard.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Laowa 'Magic Shift Converter'

Venus Optics has been making some very interesting lenses in the past couple of years. and at this year's CP+ show in Yokohama Japan, the company is showing off an innovative 'magic shift converter'.

CP+ 2018: Nikon's space cameras

Nikon has a long history of making cameras for use in outer space. A small exhibition at this year's CP+ show in Yokohama showcases some of the company's most famous models.

March 2
KitSplit gear rental company raises $2.1m in seed funding

KitSplit—the gear rental company that lets companies and individuals post their gear for rent when they're not using it—just raised $2.1 million in funding to help the company grow its presence in Hollywood.

This is what happens when you put a camera lens 90 meters from a rocket launch

"The residue is a sort of dried, cake-y, powdered material stuck to the lens. I’m guessing that the solid exhaust mixed with the water from the pad’s water suppression system, and that resulting substance adhered to the lens."

Light launches 'Depth Collective' to support photojournalism with the L16 camera

The 'Depth Collective' initiative is meant to support photojournalists who are interested in trading in their DSLRs for the 16-module Light L16 camera.

The intelligent Rylo 360° camera is now compatible with Android

The Rylo 360° camera we called "a 360° camera done right" is finally compatible with the Android operating system, and works with most devices running Android 6.0 or later.

Slow start to year as camera production and shipping plunge

CIPA stats for January have been released, and the news is not pretty. The number of cameras made and shipped in the first month of 2018 barely reached 70% of the volume for the same period last year and the year before.

ImageBrief is shutting down, users have one week to save their images

On-demand photo licensing service ImageBrief is shutting down after six years of trying to compete in the same industry as giants like Getty and Shutterstock. The news was announced in an email to users sent out earlier this week.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 50-200mm F2.8-4 ASPH

The Leica DG Vario 50-200mm F2.8-4 ASPH is the third and final lens in Panasonic's latest premium zoom lens lineup, and we had the chance to handle it in person at this year's CP+ show in Japan. Check out how this high-end tele-zoom handles in our slideshow.

CP+ 2018: First Look - Sony 400mm F2.8 G Master

At the CP+ 2018 show in Yokohama, we made a beeline for the Sony booth to feast our eyes on a prototype of the company's upcoming 400mm F2.8 G Master super telephoto lens.

CP+ 2018: First look at new Tamron FE-mount 28-75mm F2.8

The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is the first third-party standard zoom to be created natively for the Sony FE mount. We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama, where we got our hands on a prototype.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Tokina's 50mm F1.4 and 20mm F2

Tokina has recently released the 50mm F1.4 'Opera' and FíRIN 20mm F2 AF lenses, and we stopped by their booth at CP+ 2018 to get a feel for them.

March 1
MRMC unveil a smaller, lighter and cheaper version of its Bolt camera robot

Nikon-owned Mark Roberts Motion Control has announced that it will release a new, smaller version of its incredible Bolt 'cinebot' in April of this year. The so-called Bolt Junior is set to weigh less than half of the original, and will cost less as well.

Lensbaby Burnside 35: sample gallery and impressions

Lensbaby’s newest lens, the Burnside 35, is a Petzval-inspired lens that offers swirly bokeh in a 35mm lens, plus an additional creative control of a vignetting slider. We wanted to see what it's all about.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with the new Tamron 70-210mm F4 VC

Tamron's new 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD is a compact alternative to heavy (and pricey) F2.8 zooms. Take a look at our hands-on slideshow to see just how compact it really is.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' & 70mm macro

Sigma's new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is a beast, weighing in at 1.6 kilos. We're at the CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, where we just got our hands on what Sigma is calling the 'bokeh master'.